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A drinking fountain was a gift to the people of Australia from the Returned and Services League of Australia (RSL) and commemorates those who died in service or were killed in action in the various conflicts in which Australia has been involved.

The fountain is surrounded by Parliament House, the High Court and other national institutions: buildings which represent the democracy that Australian service personnel have fought and died for. Made from black granite, the sculpture contains a drinking fountain.

The carved section represents the rugged cliffs of Gallipoli, a reminder of the beginnings of the ANZAC legend and the roots of the RSL.  On the memorial’s forward-sloping face are four bronze sculptures, representing the sacrifice of life.


Address:Parliament Drive, North eastern corner of Parliament House surrounds, Barton, 2600
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -35.3075
Long: 149.126944
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Fountain
Monument Theme:Conflict
Monument Designer:Peter Corlett and Anne Ferguson


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:November-2003
Front Inscription

Given to the people of Australia in memory of the fallen

The Returned Services League

Back Inscription
Look around you - These are the things they believed in
Inscription in Proximity

Peter Corlett
Born 1944
bronze designer and fabrictor

Anne Ferguson
born 1939
stone fabricator

Returned Services League fountain
Commissioned 1988

Source: MA,SKP, NC
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au
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